Quantum Liquids: Bose condensation and Cooper pairing in condensed-matter systems

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Starting from first principles, this book introduces the closely related phenomena of Bose condensation and Cooper pairing, in which a very large number of single particles or pairs of particles are forced to behave in exactly the same way. Their consequences in condensed matter systems are also explored. Eschewing advanced formal methods, the book uses simple concepts and arguments to account for the various qualitatively new phenomena which occur in Bose-condensed and Cooper-paired systems, including but not limited to the spectacular macroscopic phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity. The physical systems discussed include liquid 4-He, the BEC alkali gases, "classical" superconductors, superfluid 3-He, "exotic" superconductors, and the recently stabilized Fermi alkali gases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages408
ISBN (Electronic)9780191711954
ISBN (Print)9780198526438, 9780192856944
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Publication series

NameOxford Graduate Texts


  • Bose condensation
  • Coherence
  • Cooper pairing
  • Interference
  • Quantum statistics
  • Superconductivity
  • Superfluidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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